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Comrade Tito was Born by a Fairy. How one Sung to/about Tito

Author(s): Ana Hofman
Subject(s): Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, Music, Political history, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Politics
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Tito; Yugoslav folklore; newly-composed folk music; politics of musical representations;
Summary/Abstract: Article addresses controversies of Tito’s musical persona in public discourse by examining two dominant narratives lines: the representations in the socalled Yugoslav folklore - the most important official genre for creating his mythical image and the representations of Tito as multisided musical persona particularly in the realm of popular music. Based on the analysis of songbooks from the period of World War II and those published after it, the paper deals with the ways in which the Tito’s public persona is created in accordance with the dominant narratives about the new socialist popular culture. Through analysis of their textual and musical content, it examines the ambivalent narratives in the creation of his public image: while the „institutionalized folklore" was seen as a appropriate genre for his representation in the public sphere, its commercial version, newly-composed folk music is not Tito's image of the classless, timeless and mythical figure is also used as a link between the mediating figure which provides the desired harmony between „new" and „old", tradition and modernization, but still strongly associated with the „elite" genres and established artists.

  • Page Range: 615-625
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • Language: Serbian